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Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that left one man dead Saturday morning.
The incident unfolded about 7:20 a.m. Saturday in the area of 37th Street and Strong Avenue.
Flowers now mark the spot where 22-year-old Nicholas Simonitch died. Police said they fired after he lunged at them with a baseball bat.
Police said neighbors called them to the area because Simonitch was running around the neighborhood smashing out car windows with a baseball bat.
KCTV5 spoke to one woman who said she was sitting in her car when he smashed her back windshield. Krystal Hood said he nearly hit her in the head before running off.
"And this young kid just came out of nowhere with a baseball bat, screaming profanities, as he proceeded to bash in the back window," Hood said.
The woman said she came up the street to the corner of 37th and Strong and saw something she'll never forget.
"He was in the corner of this yard, and the officer was telling him to put down the bat," Hood said. "The young man started to put the bat down, then the officer stepped toward him, and he swung up with the bat toward the officer. Then the other officer shot him."
She can't shake the image, and she is not sure how she feels about the police response.
"I'm grateful for them getting there as fast as they were, and they did what they had to do to protect everybody, but I'm a mom. Somebody out there is hurting now," she said.
Alex Herrera says Simonitch was her good friend.
"Yeah I understand he was out of control. Can you not use a Taser? Can you not use anything else to get him to the ground, besides a gun that's going to kill him? He had a baseball bat," Herrera said.
She says what happened around this neighborhood doesn't sound like her friend.
"Nick is not someone to go around and start trouble or just randomly, and it wasn't anyone he knew. I don't know if he just had stuff going on and something triggered," she said.
Family members of Simonitch said he was a good, smart man and that he was very loved. They say he worked and took classes on and off at Johnson County Community College. They don't know why he snapped, but they say it wasn't drugs, and they're all asking why it had to come to this.
Police simply saying that bat was a weapon, he threatened them, and they had to react.
Police ask that anyone with information about the deadly shooting to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).
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